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What Are NVOCC Companies?

by Administrator22. August 2014 16:14

What Are NVOCC Companies? | The Dependable Companies

 

NVOCC stands for Non-Vessel Operating Common Carrier, and is one of many logistic options that your company has. One definition of NVOCC companies is that they are freight forwarders or shipment consolidators who do not necessarily own any vessels. These companies do function as a carrier by issuing their own air waybills or bills of lading and they assume responsibility for your shipments. What this basically boils down to is that if your logistics company does NVOCC services, you can sign the responsibility of your world-wide shipments over to them and get all the benefits of shipping with few of the worries. Since many of these types of companies also offer other logistics services, it is a good idea to find the one company which can handle all of your needs.

One of the biggest benefits to NVOCC companies is that they usually offer other logistics services as well. This means that you can use the same company for your LTL and FTL shipments that you use for shipping ocean freight. Let the logistics company worry about the how and you can just worry about the where and when. Using the same company for many different services can give you more personalized help because your contact within the company knows your needs about as well as you do. They can also advise you on how to set up all of your logistics needs and streamline your shipping and receiving processes. You can also usually find warehouse and distribution services from these companies.

NVOCC companies can be a big help in your logistics needs, especially when you need to ship ocean freight. You can let these companies take responsibility for your shipments and not have to deal directly with the ocean carriers. This can be especially useful if ocean freight is just one of your many logistic needs because many of these companies can also offer other types of shipping and logistics. With the right logistics company you can have all of your shipments delivered, distributed, and warehoused, regardless of where in the world they need to go.

 

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Tips for Finding the Right Logistics Companies in Los Angeles

by Administrator22. August 2014 16:05

Tips for Finding the Right Logistics Companies in Los Angeles | The Dependable Companies

 

If logistics is an important part of your business, then chances are that you are looking for logistics companies in Los Angeles to help you. There are many different companies out there that may fit your needs, so how do you narrow down your choices? By looking at the various services offered, the number of years’ experience, and where they operate, you can get a good feel for which company can help you the best.

Logistics companies can offer many different services from third-party, lighter than truckload, or even distribution services. The first trick is to determine what you need now and what you are likely to need in the near future. This will help you determine which companies can meet your needs for the long run. Sometimes you just need some help with everything, and the right logistics company can help you design your system from the bottom up.

Years of experience can be a big indicator that logistics companies in Los Angeles can help you plan better for the road ahead. These companies have been around long enough and seen enough that your situations will be familiar ground for them to cover. You also will have to worry less about your logistics company falling apart if they have already held it together for several years or decades.

The locations where your logistics company operates can be a huge deal for your business. For instance, if you are shipping to and from places all over the world, then you will want to make sure that the company you choose can help with logistics in those areas.

Choosing between logistics companies in Los Angeles can seem like a daunting task until you start to narrow your choices down by which ones can best fit your needs. It is a good idea to make sure that they offer all of the services that you are likely to need, have many years of operating experience, and that they operate in the areas where you will be shipping goods.

 

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How Can an LTL Carrier Help You?

by Administrator22. August 2014 16:05

How Can an LTL Carrier Help You? | The Dependable Companies

 

A LTL carrier, or a less than truckload carrier, can be a great benefit to your business because it can be cost effective, flexible, and easy to scale up or down. By going with a trusted and experienced carrier you can get all of these benefits and more for your company. Sometimes you can even take all of your shipping needs to the same logistics supplier and save yourself the headache of dealing with multiple contacts.

A less than truckload shipment can, in many cases, be much more cost effective than a full truckload. This is because you are not scrambling for the rest of a load so it can go out, you are not trying to negotiate with the shipping company to do a multiple stop load, and you can split the cost of the load with the other companies filling up the specific truck. All of this can add up to a less expensive load for you.

A LTL carrier can usually offer you more flexibility in your options than a company who only deals in full loads. This is because you can have them ship a certain amount of boxes this week and a different amount next week. It also means that you can have a better control over the pricing and delivery schedule than you would have with a full load.

It is relatively easy to scale up or down with this type of carrier because the load size is a bit more flexible. This means that if your ecommerce takes off this month after a long and dry spell, your logistics company can handle the bigger load size. It also means that if business slows down during the off-season, you can scale your loads back and not have to pay more.

The right LTL carrier for your company is one that can offer you all the benefits of LTL shipping, as well as help you with other needs. You can find companies who also offer FTL shipping, logistics planning, warehousing and distributing, and much more.

 

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How Can an LTL Carrier Help You?

by Administrator22. August 2014 15:54

How Can an LTL Carrier Help You? | The Dependable Companies

 

A LTL carrier, or a less than truckload carrier, can be a great benefit to your business because it can be cost effective, flexible, and easy to scale up or down. By going with a trusted and experienced carrier you can get all of these benefits and more for your company. Sometimes you can even take all of your shipping needs to the same logistics supplier and save yourself the headache of dealing with multiple contacts.

A less than truckload shipment can, in many cases, be much more cost effective than a full truckload. This is because you are not scrambling for the rest of a load so it can go out, you are not trying to negotiate with the shipping company to do a multiple stop load, and you can split the cost of the load with the other companies filling up the specific truck. All of this can add up to a less expensive load for you.

A LTL carrier can usually offer you more flexibility in your options than a company who only deals in full loads. This is because you can have them ship a certain amount of boxes this week and a different amount next week. It also means that you can have a better control over the pricing and delivery schedule than you would have with a full load.

It is relatively easy to scale up or down with this type of carrier because the load size is a bit more flexible. This means that if your ecommerce takes off this month after a long and dry spell, your logistics company can handle the bigger load size. It also means that if business slows down during the off-season, you can scale your loads back and not have to pay more.

The right LTL carrier for your company is one that can offer you all the benefits of LTL shipping, as well as help you with other needs. You can find companies who also offer FTL shipping, logistics planning, warehousing and distributing, and much more.

 

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Warehousing and Distribution: Recognizing the Steps to Efficiency

by Administrator19. August 2014 15:36

Warehousing and Distribution: Recognizing the Steps to Efficiency | The Dependable Companies

 

The success of just about any distribution company depends upon efficiency in the warehouse. These companies can take small steps in order to improve the success of warehousing and distribution efforts. Greater efficiency and an improved bottom line are often results of these small changes.

The first change to make is to implement a warehouse management system (WMS). This system offers the chance to track inventory and more accurately organize the delivery of customer orders. The number of expedited orders will be decreased and picking up products that have been shipped will be more convenient.

Another change worth making is to double check all orders. A mistake made anywhere along the line that results in sending out an order a second time can wind up costing the business more than twice as much as the original price of transportation. No matter how financially stable your business is, the cost of transportation mistakes are too much to handle.

Cluttered homes are often a source of great frustration: keys are hard to find, clothes stay dirty, and favorite cups go missing. A messy warehousing and distribution company presents similar problems. Shipments may become mislaid. Orders might go out late. Equipment could be damaged. Piles of junk can get in the way of employees as they try to complete their responsibilities. A clean warehouse improves efficiency and safety.

Along this line, establishing a logical organization to products and order can also improve efficiency in the warehouse. This will keep shipments out of the way, free up space, and make it easier to find orders.

One final change is to have senior employees spend a few minutes each day walking through the warehouse. The view from the floor can be a much different perspective than the view from the management chair. Within just a few minutes, an experienced employee can determine where setbacks are occurring and why, which routine behaviors are inefficient, and where improvements can be made.

Whether you handle your own warehousing or you are looking for a competent warehousing and distribution company, understanding how these changes can affect efficiency is important. Either you will make changes within your business or you will look for a company that already employs these measures.

 

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The Life of a Shipping Container (Infographic)

by Administrator19. August 2014 15:26

What is a shipping container, exactly? How have shipping containers revolutionized the shipping industry? How many tons are moved using shipping containers? What are other uses for shipping containers besides importing and exporting goods? Find out this information plus much more featured in this infographic below created by swmobilestorage.com. Enjoy!

 

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Finding the Best Ocean Freight Shipping Companies for Your Overseas Business Expansion

by Administrator14. August 2014 10:25

Finding the Best Ocean Freight Shipping Companies for Your Overseas Business Expansion | The Dependable Companies

 

If your business is expanding internationally, one of the most important decisions you need to make is choosing a shipping partner. Lost cargo, delayed deliveries, or inflated shipping costs can cut into profits and divert productivity unnecessarily. Before you complete your distribution logistics plan, there are a few important questions to ask when you are researching ocean freight shipping companies.

The first question you need to ask a potential shipping partner is whether or not the company provides worldwide ocean freight forwarding. Though you may not need worldwide services during your initial expansion, you may eventually find yourself successful enough to require shipping to more overseas destinations. Make sure any potential distributor can be there for your potential needs now so that you do not have to begin another search in the future.

The next consideration relates to management of services. A shipping company that will provide project management services for you is an excellent choice as a partner for your company while you are trying to coordinate an overseas export or import expansion. Some ocean freight shipping companies may have lower costs but do not include these important benefits. Ask about document coordination and customs clearances to make sure you are not expected to handle the paperwork on your own.

Finally, be sure to ask a potential distribution partner about their additional services. Your company will benefit if you choose a distributor that can handle container drayage, transcontinental truck carriage, and transloading containers for foreign ports. Look for companies that have expertise in these areas in order to ensure that you will not encounter lost or delayed shipments.

Making sure that a shipping partner can handle worldwide freight forwarding and covers important management and logistics services for you will ensure that you make the right decision for your expanding company’s distribution needs. All ocean freight shipping companies you consider should be able to handle the services that your business needs to make your international expansion a success.

 

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The Importance of Supply Chain Solutions

by Administrator14. August 2014 10:03

 

Providing a logistics service requires a team that offers unbeatable skill, expertise, and experience. To execute the proper flow of goods, supply chain solutions needs to be approached effectively by professionals with a unique touch and numerous years of experience. Transportation industries often outsource professionals in supply chain management, utilizing various software programs and industry-level techniques to ensure the appropriate movement of goods and execution of business goals. For businesses that desire a successful outcome, outsourcing for solutions in their business plan is practically mandatory.

The logistics of supply chain solutions oversees the movements and transportation of goods, making it a crucial aspect of a business that sells merchandise to consumers across great distances. Many companies who specialize in helping other businesses find solutions to their logistics management will often have a deep understanding of key issues that often crop up during the process of transportation while knowing specific ways to overcome these conflicts in order to deliver a superior product to customers. Operating procedures for merchandise supply and logistics may not be on the forefront of many business owners' minds, which is why it is imperative that companies look to outside sources for solutions and management of goods.

Building and running comprehensive and effective supply chain solutions takes determination, skill, and hard work. That hard work, however, is something that will surely pay off in the long run and will typically help companies expand their reach. Using professionals in logistics management may be helpful for achieving higher levels of monetary gain, something that can grow if management is kept under tight, professional control. Seeking these solutions and the companies who specialize in them is becoming easier these days, as more and more companies are bringing their business online and to a wider consumer base. This is where a solutions management company comes in, helping businesses take advantage of the online marketplace by providing an increased reach and contribution.

 

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Los Angeles Logistics Companies Are Striving for Success

by Administrator14. August 2014 09:22

Los Angeles Logistics Companies Are Striving for Success | The Dependable Companies


Logistics is the heart of any business or operation. It includes everything from shipping or receiving goods to storage or delivery to the customer. The field of logistics has greatly expanded with the advancements in technology; however, Los Angeles has been able to keep up with the changes and is still known as one of the primary freight hubs in the Western United States. This gives a special advantage to the Los Angeles logistics companies to deliver the first-class service to their customers.

The Port of Los Angeles encompasses almost 8,000 acres and over 40 miles of water front property. The 25 terminals have been known to move more containers than any other port in the nation. In 2010, the port set a record by moving 7.8 million twenty-foot equivalent units of international and domestic cargo, which officially set it apart as the fifth busiest port in the world. Since then, the harbor commission has voted to invest one billion dollars into additional improvements to the already successful harbor port to meet the ever-increasing demands of shipping and receiving.

With more than 11 percent of United States international trade passing through the Port of Los Angeles, the Los Angeles logistics companies are some of the best equipped and experienced companies to handle freight. Large, as well as small businesses, depend on the efficiency of logistics companies. Whether it involves freight delivery, shipment from the dock, or local distribution of goods, a timely delivery and a happy customer goes a long way in increasing an overall customer base and building a prospering business.  

Furthermore, today’s advances in technology have enabled many logistics companies to keep up with the increasing business at the port. To reduce lead-time, theft, and improve productivity, logistics companies have invested in network communications, wireless cargo tracking, and computer programs, which increase collaboration. With significant advancements in the port capacity and modern technology, the Los Angeles logistics companies are well equipped for the future.


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The Reliability of a Customs Bonded Warehouse

by Administrator11. August 2014 13:57

The Reliability of a Customs Bonded Warehouse | The Dependable Companies


Those who work in the business world know well that there are many important part to the supply chain. This system runs all around the world, keeping goods moving from place to place. As the cargo makes stops along the way, whether it is the final destination or simply a pause in the journey, it needs somewhere secure to be stored. At the same time, the fees involved with maintaining such a space can seriously cut into a company's budget. Luckily, both saving money and streamlining your service is possible with a customs bonded warehouse.

In this type of warehouse, the cargo is allowed to be manipulated in different ways such as cleaning, repacking, sorting, and others, without incurring duty fees. After their stay the products can also be exported without payment of duty, or they can be paid for and taken for consumption. This service helps save money, protect a business, and improve efficiency all at once. Customers are also sure to take note of how smoothly their orders arrive. The best warehousing services out there should be flexible, able to provide whatever a client needs, and keeping track as those needs change. Many provide both short and long term storage, and can handle whatever size of product the company deals in. Clients may also be able to customize their service, and include other useful resources such as harbor drayage, pick and pack, freight services, and more.

A customs bonded warehouse is a great place to find multiple services that will help any business to run more efficiently. A company can truly take its place in the global supply chain when it takes advantage of this service. The quality of their warehousing is vital to the preservation of cargo, whether it requires delicate handling, temperature controlled storage, or a large space. When you want to deliver goods in perfect condition and save money at the same time, a customs bonded warehouse may be the perfect answer.


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